Tom Zeller Jr. is an American journalist who has spent two decades covering energy policy, poverty, technology, and the environment for a variety of national publications, including 12 years as a staff writer and editor for The New York Times.   His current work focuses on the often fractious intersection of science, economics and public policy, particularly as they relate to energy development, climate change and the environment — topics he has covered in the U.S. and abroad for The Times as well as National Geographic, Bloomberg View, Forbes, and Al Jazeera America, among other publications. In 2013, Tom was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, where he spent a year studying environmental decision-making, economics and climate policy.
In addition to his writing, Tom has earned numerous awards for his visual journalism, including prizes from the Society for News Design and from the University of Navarra’s prestigious Malofiej Awards for graphic and interactive packages designed for The New York Times during the run-up to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as The Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning series on race relations in America.
He is the founding editor of Undark, a digital magazine based at MIT, supported by the Knight Foundation, and devoted to coverage of the physical and social sciences in the public interest. Under Tom’s leadership, Undark’s work has been anthologized in the Best American Science & Nature Writing book series, and it has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, the prestigious George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting, and top prizes from several major journalism organizations, including the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Association of Heath Care Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the Online News Association.
He resides in western Montana.